Newcastle vs Arsenal – Match Preview

It doesn’t seem that long ago that Newcastle were conceding three goals in the last 30 minutes of the season against West Brom in May.

But here we are again at the start of another Premier League season, and at least four of Newcastle’s five new signings should be on display tomorrow night, when Newcastle welcome Arsenal.

The game in February was a classic that will down as the greatest comeback by any club in Premier League history, when Newcastle came back form being four goals down after 26 minutes to draw the game at 4-4 0 just an amazing and heart stirring fight-back by the Magpies.

The was a game I will never forget, as my wife Madeline was even watching that last amazing 30 minutes of the game, and she never ever watches football – ever.

Of course we have to hope that the Newcastle defense will be in a lot better shape tomorrow evening.

And of course a big question mark is who will start at left-back for the departed Jose Enrique, and the news is that it will be forgotten man James Perch, if he passes a fitness test tomorrow.

As far a the goalkeeper goes, we think Tim Krul has done enough to be first choice to start this season, and it will be interesting to see whether it’s Fraser Forster or veteran Steve Harper who are on the bench.

The news is that Celtic have launched another £2M bid for Fraser, but that could just be paper talk.

News on Friday evening was that Joey Barton has patched things up with Alan Pardew, and is now due to start on the right wing, so we think this could be the team that starts tomorrow for Newcastle United:

Simpson Taylor (S) Coloccini (c) Perch
Barton Cabaye Tiote Gutierrez
Ameobi Ba
Subs: Harper Williamson Obertan Vuckic Marveaux Gosling Best

And after all the upheaval over the summer,  that looks like a very decent starting eleven, and the bench is a lot stronger than it was last season.

Alan  Pardew can bring on players like the impressive young Haris Vuckic, new boys Sylvain Marveaux and  Gabriel Obertan, Dan Gosling and Leon Best to change the game if necessary, and it could even be that Gosling starts somewhere in midfield tomorrow, as the 21 year-old has looked very good in pre-season.

Shane Ferguson and Danny Guthrie are still out injured, as is French International star Ben Arfa, so obviously they are not available for this game.

It’s a wonderful  opportunity for the lads to lift the spirits of Newcastle fans everywhere, and a win would be fantastic, although Newcastle will enter this game as the under dogs.

The game is being televised live around the world, and as well as a sold-out St. James’ Park there will be a more than decent global television audience too.

Howay The Lads!!

35 comments so far

  • kevymartins

    Aug 13, 2011 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #1

    No obertan edd?

  • geordielad880

    Aug 13, 2011 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #2

    I would go with:-





    foster, williamson, gosling, obertan, marvo, best

  • soundoid

    Aug 13, 2011 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #3

    On the BBC’s web site it says we only have Benny out???

  • MacToon

    Aug 13, 2011 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Today’s line up will answer a few questions like:

    Who plays LB
    Will Joey start or play
    Will Colo play

    I thought Gosling deserved a start after a good pre season and Vuckic isn’t far behind.

  • kevymartins

    Aug 13, 2011 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #5

    MacToon could put abeid,s.ameobi in there 2

  • ToonAndy

    Aug 13, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #6

    I really don’t think we should play a 4-4-2 with Ameobi upfront because his work rate isnt very good and we need players who will be up and down the pitch all game…. This is why Barcelona are so good… The basically have 6-7 midfields on the field. All very capable of scoring goals… Some might argue but even messi plays an attacking midfielder role… They all do!… Baring that in my mind the team tomorrow HAS to be this….






    That is the best possible chance we have of beating Arsenal tomorrow… I would replace Barton with Obertan with 25 mins to go to add pace when they’re defence is tiring. Vuckic for Gosling with 20 mins to go and Abeid for Marveaux whenever we see him really tiring due to his lack of match fitness!

    Cant wait for tomorrow! HOWAY THA TOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • LGFUAD21

    Aug 13, 2011 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #7

    Everything seems to have fizzled out now so I guess its time for bed.

    If nobody sees me on here soon assume that going to watch the match in a pub in Cambridge (where everyone supports Arsenal) was a bad choice

  • FloridaToon

    Aug 13, 2011 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #8


    I Like it but I just don’t see Pardew putting Jonas at LB.

    Move Jonas to RM and thats what I had

  • MacToon

    Aug 13, 2011 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #9

    Yeah Kevy but I think they will have to wait for our injury list to lengthen before they get a shout or a cup game.

  • kevymartins

    Aug 13, 2011 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #10

    We should bring oba martins back fire him into full force training till he is fully fit then play him up top with ba

    people forget how fast and powerfull he is

  • mattnufc

    Aug 13, 2011 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Wouldn’t mind Odemwinge tbh

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 13, 2011 at 1:58 AM

    Comment #12

    I definitely dont see Barton in the starting line-up, no matter how many hugs they had to make up.

  • SaulToon

    Aug 13, 2011 at 2:17 AM

    Comment #13

    Really hope Best gets the start over Ameobi

  • stunna

    Aug 13, 2011 at 2:46 AM

    Comment #14

    I really don’t want to see Perch and I’m not sure R Taylor has the speed to stick with Walcott, Gervinho or whoever Arsenal has on the right. I’d go with Jonas at LB, and Marveaux or Gosling at left mid.

    I normally wouldn’t like Ba & Shola together, but with Arsenal being weak in the air, maybe they are the pair for tomorrow. Would you agree Ameobi is better on set-pieces than Best?

  • Tom_Toon

    Aug 13, 2011 at 3:14 AM

    Comment #15


    Subs: Forster, Taylor/Willo, Raylor, Barton, Vuckic, Ameobi, Best.

  • Brutooon

    Aug 13, 2011 at 3:53 AM

    Comment #16

    BEST is better EVERYTHING than AMEOBI


    Aug 13, 2011 at 4:01 AM

    Comment #17

    jonas and goslin would give great vover up and down the flanks

  • AmericanMagpie

    Aug 13, 2011 at 4:51 AM

    Comment #18

    I thought Guthrie and Ferguson were fit?

  • PapaToon

    Aug 13, 2011 at 5:42 AM

    Comment #19

    Agree with people about 5 mid fielders n ba up front. guiterez really important on the wing as he runs all day, and releases the pressures when boxed in your own half with his runs. RTaylor better option than perch, plus good at set pieces. I would love to see vukic behind Ba but i think the occasion might be too big for him so gosling a better option. I wonder chance to get erik pieter before the game :),

  • curmon

    Aug 13, 2011 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #20

    If either Ameobi or Perch gets a game it will be a regression from last season !!!

  • arfa chance#10

    Aug 13, 2011 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #21

    Had a dream last night We won 2 nil marveux and cabaye. Please be true

  • Billy1985

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #22

    i have a bet on today that we will win 2-1 and ba to score first 75-1 shot not bad considering arsenal havent got wilshire, nasri, fabragas, one of their top defenders which i dont know how to spell his name that vemarlan plus their keepers are terrible too

  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    Aug 13, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #23

    BOOM BOOM THE 1ST // Aug 13, 2011 at 4:01 AM

    i like your formation 🙂

  • toonydoonunder

    Aug 13, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #24

    All this doom and gloom from a lot of folk on here and many other sites but this squad looks a lot stronger even the bench looks good!!! add in a new LB and CF plus benny and shane f back and we have the makings of a canny team.Haway the lads lets have a positive start and onwards and upwards

  • wingspan

    Aug 13, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #25

    yup i agree with everyone else that we shouldnt be playin 442 i have a feeling we will tho. And boom boom yeah that looks good, bring Ober on fro gosling later on to scare the life out of there left back! Sweeeeet. Excited now!!

  • LewSpi

    Aug 13, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #26

    BOOM BOOM THE 1ST gets my vote. We’re weak at full back, so why not play two midfielders who can, or have, played at fullback on the wings as cover. This sh!t makes sense, Pete.

  • Szarka

    Aug 13, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #27

    Where the hell is Kadar? Hes not loaned, not injured, but still not even on the bench! Dont tell me that a right back will be better in LB then him, plus not enough space in the bench for replacement?

  • toon-crazy

    Aug 13, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #28

    swap someone with obertan at halftime , we need to give them some of thier medicine with thier abundance of pace , and
    HWTL !!!!!

  • Burni

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #29

    Come on!!!! Cant believe weve just read our first match review of the new epl campaign!!!!

    Its a shame use are all doing formations tho….. Im reetty sure ameobi will be up front with ba….. I know thats cack but hell defo be in the team. i swear, i dont see what any manager ever has seen in him,

    Othe than thatid say boom booms is a good unn and one id play….. But im not pardew 🙁

  • NathanH NUFC

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #30

    ToonAndy has it about right imo, if that team starts today, we’re in good stead to win, Vuckic should definitely get some game time, you’re substitutions are about spot on too 😉 but i think he will replace Ba at some point rather then Marveaux for Abeid, other than that, a good, strong side 😀

  • iain

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #31

    cant believe perch would get a start when you could do so many other things…

    Gosling/Simpson could play lb for a start with the other at rb


    gosling taylor collo simmo
    barton cabaye

    Obertan Jonas


    maybe even consider marv for lb as he has played there before apparently

  • NUFC 1892

    Aug 13, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #32







  • ray

    Aug 13, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #33

    I think toonandy is spot on with his selection in true mag fashion lets go for it , plenty of cover in defence with tioti and cabaye.

  • pardew no 1

    Aug 13, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #34

    i think tim krul will get a hatrick

  • SincerelySamuel

    Aug 13, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #35

    team is Krul
    simmo saylor colo raylor
    Barton tiote cabaye jonas
    Ba Ameobi
    Subs: Forster, Gosling, Obertan, Williamson, Lovenkrands, Sam Ameobi, Best


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